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Milestone!!!! Price include worldwide delivery - pre-orders, already few remaining at the label: of all the incredible releases compiled by Vinyl On Demand in the last few years, this one is by some distance their biggest coup. This epic 10 LP box set compiles the earliest material from Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze dating back to 1983 and upto 1988. It includes a whole raft of mindblowing productions that will surprise and inspire anyone with even just a vague notion of what the sound of Muslimgauze was really all about. If you've heard Vinyl on Demand's 2006 'Complete Oblique' set you'll no doubt already have an inkling of just how inspired Jones' material from this era is - exploring often brilliantly jarring elements of post-industrial, proto-techno, noise and ambience, as well as early explorations of Middle Eastern rhythms and themes that would go on to typify so much of his later works. With VoD's typical attention to detail the set includes the entire Muslimgauze discography spanning these formative years, all fully remastered and pressed up at Pallas, housed in a deluxe box that also includes the definitive book about Muslimgauze - the 208 Page "Chasing The Shadow.." written By Ibrahim Khider, as well as a poster and CD.
Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones is an Anthology of his early musical output and a biography on the late Bryn Jones, a Manchester, England-based musician who produced nearly 200 albums (some were multi-disc sets) between 1982 to 1998 and passed away aged 38 in 1999. Though the majority of his catalog is instrumental, his music is considered controversial by some where some retailers who went so far as to ban selected catalog items. An anti-colonialist at heart, Jones dedicated most of his music to Muslim-world struggles during his lifetime such as Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, the Iran/Iraq war, and the Lebanon civil war, to name a few, with an emphasis on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Jones was pro-Palestinian, often evidenced on album and track titles as well as dedications. It was the albums dedicated to the struggles of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that resulted in the mentioned ban.
Muslimgauze music can be considered a sonic treatise on Muslim-world conflicts in the form of exotic soundscape narratives, driving musical protest and rhythmic assertion. As a side effect of being prolific, Jones worked in a variety of styles and successfully melded traditional ethnic music of places he championed with Western urban stylings such as techno, breakbeat, and dub. Some credit him as being the ‘Godfather of Dubstep’, the current musical rage. Perhaps Jones’ musical brilliance shone brightest as an audio editor who deftly juxtaposed unlikely sounds in ways that now cannot be envisioned otherwise. Others simply consider his music ‘not of this world’ and ‘not of this time’